Using Your Firm’s Internal Knowledge to Your Advantage

Jun 20, 2017 • Business Practice
By Evelyn M. Lee, AIA

Knowledge management, which is distinct from project management, can be equally critical to a design firm’s success.

Designing for Health: “Beyond Visual Stimuli”

Jun 15, 2017 • Healthcare
By Alena Hetfield

A fully considered healing space will respond to a range of sensory experiences, including acoustics, scent, ergonomics, and including, even the absence of sight.

Celebrating Design That Disrupts

Jun 07, 2017 • From the Editor
By John Czarnecki

Projects in this issue are diverse in scale, solution, and typology, with many lessons for designers to take in.

Author and Commentator Arianna Huffington to Deliver Wellness Message in NeoCon Keynote

May 30, 2017 • Profiles
By Staff

Author, nationally syndicated columnist, commentator, and radio host Arianna Huffington regularly appears on the Forbes list of the World’s 100 Most Powerful Women. Leading a busy life, Huffington now has one simple message: Find balance and get some rest.

Entrepreneur and Business Podcasts: Valuable for Design Professionals

May 24, 2017 • Business Practice
By Evelyn M. Lee, AIA

 As a lover of data, I conducted my own study with multiple lists of business podcasts published by leading magazines before settling in on a few shows that consistently produce quality content.

Discovering the Potential for Design to Transform Long-Standing Companies

May 24, 2017 • From the Editor
By John Czarnecki

In this issue, we highlight interiors for established, enduring professions—law, finance, publishing, and insurance.

Designer You Should Know Pamela Abalu

May 17, 2017 • Profiles
By Staff

As the global head of design and construction for MetLife, Pamela Abalu is charged with orchestrating all of the interiors across the company’s 1,500 properties in nearly 50 countries for more than 57,000 employees.

Interior Habitats: The Theory of Prospect and Refuge

May 17, 2017 • Healthcare
By Kela Bogaard

Healthcare experts at Perkins+Will describe how to preserve our connection to the natural environment in interiors through biophilic design.

A Legend Remembered with an Enduring Legacy

Apr 04, 2017 • From the Editor
By John Czarnecki

I am pleased to present six hospitality interiors that are inextricably connected to context, from the Four Seasons Kyoto in Japan to a premier lounge for Eurostar within Gare du Nord in Paris.

“T”s not “I”s: The Next Generation of Healthcare Designers

Apr 04, 2017 • Healthcare
By Breeze Glazer, Peter Agnew, and Nicole Dunlap

Healthcare is experiencing its most dramatic shift in a generation with significant legislation that has the potential to impact the health of millions of Americans still in flux at the time of this writing.

From Concept to Execution: Inside Terry Eaton’s World of Curated Fine Art for Interiors

Apr 03, 2017 • Profiles
By John Czarnecki

Eaton describes his art selection business, curation collaborations with both designers and owners, and the key highlights of his work.

Designers You Should Know: PARTISANS

Apr 03, 2017 • Profiles
By Staff

PARTISANS is a Toronto-based design firm with a team that is diverse both in terms of background and experience.

Why Your Firm Should Be More Social

Mar 31, 2017 • Business Practice
By Evelyn M. Lee, AIA

For the design industry to remain relevant, communication through social media must be seriously considered in order to help the public understand the breadth of our service offerings and to establish a greater awareness of the value design brings to our clients.

Designing for Health: Caregiver’s Workplace In A Multidiscipline Collaborative Teaming Work Environment

Mar 07, 2017 • Healthcare
By Amy E. Corneliussen Sickeler

Can the healthcare work environment assist in supporting a collaborative multidisciplinary work environment?  

Designing for Education at Multiple Scales

Mar 07, 2017 • From the Editor
By John Czarnecki

In this issue, we feature four excellent examples of the best in higher education design, including three projects that are new construction of schools of business, law, and life sciences.

Designers You Should Know: PELLE

Feb 24, 2017 • Profiles
By Staff

PELLE is a New York–based design studio founded in 2011 by the husband-and-wife team of Oliver and Jean Pelle. 

Takeaways for Designers from the 2017 Consumer Electronics Show by Evelyn M. Lee, AIA

Feb 24, 2017 • Business Practice
By Evelyn Lee, AIA

The 50th anniversary Consumer Electronics Show (CES), held in January in Las Vegas, was the most expansive one to date. Produced annually by the Consumer Technology Association, CES is one of the largest technology trade shows in the world. While not specifically targeted for an audience of architects and designers, CES sets the stage for the new year with leading technology companies unveiling their latest products and innovations.

Lessons for Expecting and New Parents, and Those Who Work With Them

Feb 02, 2017 • Business Practice
By Evelyn M. Lee, AIA

This month’s column is a bit more personal, drawing from my experiences as a new mom. The lessons here are not only for mothers but, frankly, for everyone in the architecture and design profession as employers, employees, and colleagues of new parents.

Honoring the Storytellers of Design

Feb 02, 2017 • From the Editor
By John Czarnecki

The individual honorees in our 38th Annual Interiors Awards are special—each making significant contributions to advancing the practice of commercial interior design.

2017 Designer of the Year: Suzette Subance Ferrier

Jan 27, 2017 • Profiles
By Sam Lubell

A New York native brings a sense of fashion, style, and sophistication to the commercial interiors practice at TPG Architecture

Designing for Health: The Power of the Charrette

Jan 24, 2017 • Healthcare
By Carolyn BaRoss, ASID, IIDA

Healthcare experts at Perkins+will describe how their multidisciplinary approach to design and problem-solving incorporates unique points of view.

2017 Legend: Michael Vanderbyl

Jan 23, 2017 • Profiles
By Lydia Lee

From graphic identity to products, furnishings, and showroom interiors, Michael Vanderbyl demonstrates the impact and importance of design

Designing for Health: Enhancing Interior Design through Interdisciplinary Collaboration

Dec 12, 2016 • Healthcare
By Angena Chang, IIDA; Annie Lehatto, AIA

The ultimate goal for a successful healthcare facility is to improve patient outcomes, while making the experience positive for staff, visitors, and patients alike.

Inspired in a Time of Uncertainty

Dec 08, 2016 • From the Editor
By John Czarnecki

In a time of great uncertainty, what can design professionals—regardless of one’s political stripes—do besides their usual day-to-day work to make a positive difference in the world?

The Virtual World Becomes Reality

Dec 06, 2016 • Design Practice
By Sam Lubell

Architecture and design firms are using virtual reality to both communicate and develop designs .

Designer You Should Know: Jan Habraken

Dec 05, 2016 • Profiles
By

Born and raised in Eindhoven, Netherlands, and educated at Design Academy Eindhoven, Jan Habraken is a designer with experience in industrial, interior, furniture, and product design.

Designers You Should Know: Assembly

Dec 05, 2016 • Profiles
By

Assembly has completed the Uber Advanced Technologies Group Center in Pittsburgh and is currently designing two workplaces for Uber in San Francisco and Oakland, California, as well as a variety of projects ranging from urban design to branding, interiors, and products.

Process Tells Our Story

Dec 05, 2016 • Business Practice
By Evelyn M. Lee, AIA

Design is an ambiguous term for those outside of the profession, and it is usually carried out through a process. Why, then, do we not celebrate this process more?

Seeing Commonalities in Humane Healthcare Design

Nov 15, 2016 • From the Editor
By John Czarnecki

Editor in Chief John Czarnecki's editorial from the November 2016 issue.

Designing for Health: Holistic Health at the Community Scale

Nov 01, 2016 • Healthcare
By Daniel Windsor

Evidence shows that our behaviors and built environments can contribute to up to 70 percent of our overall health.

Growing Firm Capital Through Investors

Nov 01, 2016 • Business Practice
By Evelyn Lee, AIA

It is time to change this dynamic and look for other ways to both fund good design and simultaneously prove that it is a good investment.

Reconsidering the Midcentury Workplace

Oct 06, 2016 • Design Practice
By James Pfeiffer, AIA

The American Enterprise Group headquarters, completed by SOM in 1965, is an iconic midcentury modern office building. AEG still occupies the structure, which BNIM renovated to update the work settings and fully showcase the company’s artwork. 

Designing For Health: Finding a Common Environmental Language of Care for Children Across the Autistic Spectrum

Oct 06, 2016 • Healthcare
By Aiko Tanabe, NCIDQ

Experts at Perkins+Will express the value of employing an empathetic approach in designing healthcare spaces for autistic children.

Illuminating a Culture Through Architecture

Oct 06, 2016 • From the Editor
By John Czarnecki

Editor in Chief John Czarnecki's editorial from the October 2016 issue.

An Interview With Philip Freelon

Sep 28, 2016 • Profiles
By John Czarnecki

The architect of record for the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture reflects on the team, the process, and the impact of this museum.

Productizing Practice: Growing Revenue Without Growing Staff

Sep 27, 2016 • Business Practice
By Evelyn Lee, AIA

Productizing—the act of modifying a concept or tool internal to an organization to make it suitable as a commercial product—is one way that firms can create alternate revenue streams.  

Featuring Firms Making Their Contract Debut

Sep 08, 2016 • From the Editor
By John Czarnecki

Editor in Chief John Czarnecki's editorial from the September 2016 issue. 

Designing for Health: Demystifying Added Antimicrobial Chemicals in Interior Products

Sep 07, 2016 • Healthcare
By Suzanne Drake, Research Director, Perkins+Will & Melissa Coffin, Operations Manager, Healthy Buildings Network

Healthcare experts at Perkins+Will investigate the impact of antimicrobial additives on interior environments.

Championing the Client Interview, With Full Firm Involvement

Sep 01, 2016 • Business Practice
By Evelyn M. Lee, AIA

Firm interviews present a learning opportunity, internally, for all levels of staff in the business development process.

Celebrating a Humane Collection for the Healthy Workplace

Aug 08, 2016 • From the Editor
By John Czarnecki

Editor in Chief John Czarnecki's editorial from the July/August 2016 issue. 

An Interview with Luke Pearson and Tom Lloyd of PearsonLloyd, the Designers of Zones for Teknion

Aug 05, 2016 • Competitions & Awards
By Staff

Zones  by Teknion and PearsonLloyd was named the 2016 Best of NeoCon Best of Competition.

Designing for Health: Insights for Selections of Furniture in Healthcare Spaces

Aug 03, 2016 • Healthcare
By Antonio A. Rodríguez

Healthcare experts at Perkins+Will describe the factors that inform furniture selection to achieve an optimized balance of performance and aesthetics.

Why You Should Never Lower Fees

Aug 01, 2016 • Business Practice
By Evelyn M. Lee, AIA

What can interior design and architecture professionals do to ensure that we are compensated for the full value that we bring to the table?

Healthy Workplaces Are Critical to Business Success

Aug 01, 2016 • Design Practice
By Leigh Stringer

The design of today’s offices can positively impact health, human performance, and the bottom line

Lessons Across the Design Field: From Museums to the Workplace

Jun 08, 2016 • From the Editor
By John Czarnecki

Editor in Chief John Czarnecki's editorial from the June 2016 issue.

Building an Equitable Practice

Jun 08, 2016 • Business Practice
By Evelyn M. Lee, AIA

More than 7,000 people, including 3,117 women, responded to the survey. Among women, 69 percent believed that their gender was either somewhat or very underrepresented in the field of architecture.

Designing for Health: Redefining Waiting

Jun 07, 2016 • Healthcare
By Brooke Horan, IIDA

What the Healthcare Industry Can Learn from Trends in User Experience Improvement in Airports.

At NeoCon® 2016, David Rockwell to Keynote and Debut a Collection, Rockwell Unscripted, for Knoll

Jun 06, 2016 • Profiles
By Staff

David Rockwell, FAIA, who leads the firm Rockwell Group based in New York, will be a NeoCon keynote speaker.

Building Existing Client Relationships

May 31, 2016 • Business Practice
By Evelyn M. Lee, AIA

Here are three simple steps to help build and continue the client relationship.

A New Workplace for Cannon Shots of Truth to Be Deployed

May 25, 2016 • From the Editor
By John Czarnecki

Sometimes, as designers, you really get into one interior project that you feel strongly connected to, and you truly enjoy the process and the end result. In creating a magazine, the making of this issue was one of those moments for us.

Designing for Health: Exploring Proactive Design

May 17, 2016 • Healthcare
By Tatiana Guimaraes and Alejandro Branger

The CEMDOE project explores proactive design to anticipate the care and needs of its visitors, patients, and staff, while tackling the diabetes epidemic and promoting healthy living throughout the Dominican Republic.

A Global Look at Hospitality

Apr 01, 2016 • From the Editor
By John Czarnecki

Our April issue is focused on outstanding hospitality interiors worldwide. But I expect that the projects featured offer both inspiration and lessons learned for designers of all other interior project types, as well. 

Five Steps Toward Knowledge Leadership

Apr 01, 2016 • Business Practice
By Evelyn M. Lee, AIA

Establishing your firm as a knowledge leader becomes a thoughtful process of continuous learning and numbers.

Designing for Health: Investing in a Branded Wayfinding Program

Mar 30, 2016 • Healthcare
By Korinna Hirsch

Healthcare experts at Perkins+Will describe the benefits of investing in holistic wayfinding strategies and design within a healthcare facility.

Designing For Health: Exploring the Link Between Light and Patient Recovery

Mar 08, 2016 • Healthcare
By Erica Schneider, AIA and Whitney Hendrickson, IIDA

Artificial lighting within the hospital environment serves as one of the primary interferences with rest-activity cycles and adversely affects sleep, mood, and pain.  Designers should be conscious of the effects of lighting and take simple measures to improve patient circadian rhythm and reduce recovery time.

Strategic Services as a Tide to Lift All Boats

Mar 03, 2016 • Business Practice
By Evelyn M. Lee, AIA

In this month’s column, I answer the most common questions, and address the subsequent myths, about the applicability of having a strategic group or studio within a firm.

Considering Learning Environments Broadly

Mar 03, 2016 • From the Editor
By John Czarnecki

Editor in Chief John Czarnecki's editorial from the March 2016 issue.

Honoring Designers That Transform Lives

Feb 02, 2016 • From the Editor
By John Czarnecki

Editor in Chief John Czarnecki's editorial from the January/February 2016 issue.

Rethinking Practice Through Business Model Innovation

Feb 02, 2016 • Business Practice
By Evelyn M. Lee, AIA

Architecture and interior design firms need to evolve to survive. This has been my personal ethos since before I entered business school in 2008, and I continue to look for new methods, case studies, and opportunities to have conversations about business model innovation in practice.

2016 Legends: Stanley Felderman & Nancy Keatinge

Jan 29, 2016 • Profiles
By Guy Horton

Years before flexible and open offices, customized furniture systems, sustainable design and recycling, and human-centered design became common practice in our profession, the husband-and-wife design team of Stanley Felderman and Nancy Keatinge were doing it.

2016 Designer of the Year: Todd Heiser

Jan 29, 2016 • Profiles
By John Czarnecki

Creative, eclectic, visionary, and thoughtful, Todd Heiser, IIDA, of Gensler transforms commercial interiors and is at the forefront of reshaping design practice.

Designing for Health: Beyond the Building, Leveraging Art to Improve Health Outcomes

Jan 20, 2016 • Healthcare
By Breeze Glazer, Perkins+Will and Robin Glazer, The Creative Center: Arts in Healthcare

Breeze Glazer of Perkins+Will and Robin Glazer of The Creative Center discuss the relationship between the built environment and health as a key consideration for both healthcare providers and designers. 

Designing for Health: Complex Program Challenge for Students

Dec 10, 2015 • Healthcare
By Jeffrey Keilman, Lynette Panarelli

For the design industry, the educational setting primes students to develop critical thinking skills, explore complex ideas, and, most importantly, challenge conventional thinking.

Implementing a SWOT Analysis for Savvy Decision-Making

Dec 03, 2015 • Business Practice
By Evelyn M. Lee, AIA

(SWOT) analysis, a strategic-planning tool that I have used often for internal planning at MKThink, organizational planning with clients, and even to assist in personal decision-making.

Please Be Original

Dec 03, 2015 • From the Editor
By John Czarnecki

Editor in Chief John Czarnecki's editorial from the December 2015 issue.

Your Father's Office Building, Repositioned

Nov 13, 2015 • Design Practice
By Krista Sykes

 Lobby renovations boost the image and value of office towers from the 1970s to 1990s.

What is Worth Saving?

Nov 12, 2015 • From the Editor
By John Czarnecki

Editor in Chief John Czarnecki's editorial from the November 2015 issue. 

The Building Blocks for a Truly Multidisciplinary Practice

Nov 12, 2015 • Business Practice
By Evelyn M. Lee, AIA

How do you define a multidisciplinary practice? When asked this question, individuals tend to fall into three different camps. 

Missed Opportunities at Chicago Architecture Biennial

Nov 04, 2015 • Design Practice
By Edward Keegan

The first Chicago Architecture Biennial opened in early October as a sweeping, citywide event that was conceived on the model of the contemporary bank—it’s too big to fail.

Designing for Health: Inpatient Unit Considerations

Nov 04, 2015 • Healthcare
By Gregory Swinton, Medical Planner, Perkins+Will, and Emmy Phillips, Interior Designer, Perkins+Will

Gregory Swinton and Emmy Phillips of Perkins+Will discuss the impact of zoning, circulation, workflow, and more.

Designing for Health: Designers’ Responsibility to Patient Health

Oct 02, 2015 • Healthcare
By Marie Henson, Molly Baker, and Kirsten Keane, Perkins+Will

Marie Henson, Molly Baker, and Kirsten Keane of Perkins+Will discuss the impact material selection has on healthcare environments.

Designing for Wellness in Every Interior

Sep 30, 2015 • From the Editor
By John Czarnecki

Editor in Chief John Czarnecki's editorial from the October 2015 issue.

Book Review: Modern Clinic Design: Strategies for an Era of Change

Sep 28, 2015 • Healthcare
By Sara O. Marberry, EDAC

Architects and designers at HGA coauthor an authoritative book on the design of clinics.

Building a Purpose-driven Practice

Sep 28, 2015 • Business Practice
By Evelyn M. Lee, AIA

When analyzing the shortcomings of a design firm’s business model, I often see parallels between designers and artists. In many cases, we tend to undervalue our services to ensure that we are still able to create our craft, or complete the project.

Designing for Health: Responding to Shifting Patient Demographics Through Empathic Design

Sep 14, 2015 • Healthcare
By Carolyn BaRoss, ASID, IIDA, Principal, Perkins+Will

Perkins+Will principal Carolyn BaRoss explains how increasing shifts in patient demographics affect healthcare design.

Applying Vision to Purpose in Design

Sep 08, 2015 • From the Editor
By John Czarnecki

Editor in Chief John Czarnecki's editorial from the September 2015 issue.

As Designers, Where Do We Find Purpose?

Sep 01, 2015 • Business Practice
By Evelyn M. Lee, AIA

Now is the time to ask ourselves: Where do we find purpose? Or specifically, how are firms going to become exemplary in a new purpose-filled economy?

Recreating L.A.

Aug 31, 2015 • Retail
By Murrye Bernard

Across Los Angeles, warehouses and other bland structures are being transformed into creative office spaces for technology and entertainment companies.

Tracking Internal Metrics for Greater Firm Prosperity

Aug 07, 2015 • Business Practice
By Evelyn M. Lee, AIA

The most important advice I can offer firms looking to either institute a new system or change an existing internal system is to start by asking which metrics, beyond typical key performance indicators, are meaningful to your firm’s success.

Think Globally, With a Focus on China

Aug 07, 2015 • From the Editor
By John Czarnecki

Editor in Chief John Czarnecki's editorial from the July/August 2015 issue.

Designer D.B. Kim, now directing hospitality interiors for Wanda Group in Beijing, reflects on his work

Aug 05, 2015 • Profiles
By John Czarnecki

Editor in Chief John Czarnecki visited Kim in Beijing and Shanghai, and interviewed him about his experience with Wanda Group.

Designing for Health: More Healing Practice Spaces in Conventional Hospitals

Jul 23, 2015 • Healthcare
By Xie Xin, Perkins+Will

Perkins+Will interior designer Xie Xin discusses the benefits of including healing spaces in hospitals and treatment facilities.

Retaining the Next Generation of Leaders

Jun 24, 2015 • Business Practice
By Evelyn M. Lee, AIA

The repetitive nature of conversations surrounding the future of the design and architecture professions can be frustrating. 

The New Whitney and New Ways of Seeing

Jun 23, 2015 • From the Editor
By John Czarnecki

Editor in Chief John Czarnecki's editorial from the June 2015 issue.

Designing for Health: Programming Beyond Space Needs

Jun 03, 2015 • Healthcare
By Brenda K. Byrd, Perkins+Will

Healthcare experts at Perkins+Will report on the role of data and programming in healthcare design.

Culture by Design

May 29, 2015 • Design Practice
By Sascha Wagner, IIDA

Lessons from today's tech workplaces.

Time to Consider What Is Important

May 27, 2015 • From the Editor
By John Czarnecki

Editor in Chief John Czarnecki's editorial from the May 2015 issue.

Structuring the Stakeholder Engagement Process to Drive Better Design

May 26, 2015 • Business Practice
By Evelyn M. Lee, AIA

As a designer, engaging with all key stakeholders on a given project may be viewed either as cumbersome and time consuming or as an opportunity to create better outcomes.

Designing for Health: Medical Simulation Center as Theater

May 08, 2015 • Healthcare
By Amy Sickeler, Perkins+Will

Perkins+Will design principal Amy Sickeler details the integration of theater elements into the firm's design for the Mayo Simulation Center.

Reflecting on the Legacy of a Legend of Design

Apr 10, 2015 • From the Editor
By

Editor in Chief John Czarnecki's editorial from the April 2015 issue.

Starbucks Roastery

Apr 03, 2015 • Public Interest Design
By Sheri Olson, FAIA

The coffee giant opens a caffeine-fueled, Willy Wonka-inspired roastery and tasting room in Seattle.

Implementing Data In Practice: A Profit Opportunity

Apr 03, 2015 • Business Practice
By Evelyn M. Lee, AIA

Data in practice is an opportunity to increase services and provide the firm with additional revenue.

Designing for Health: Long-term Benefits of Resilient Design for Healthcare

Apr 02, 2015 • Healthcare
By Fiona Wholey, Perkins+Will

Healthcare experts at Perkins+Will report on the long-term benefits of sustainable design strategies, including operational savings.

The New American Medical School

Mar 05, 2015 • Education
By Scott P. Kelsey, FAIA

A principal at CO Architects identifies innovations for the future of healthcare.

Designing for Health: A Public Institution’s Commitment to Arts and the Community

Mar 05, 2015 • Healthcare
By Courtney Johnston and Jordan Thompson, Perkins+Will

Healthcare experts at Perkins+Will report on the San Antonio University Health System’s connection between art and community.

Moving Beyond BIM: Why Data is Integral in the Technology Discussion

Mar 04, 2015 • Business Practice
By Evelyn M. Lee, AIA

Design professionals often like to think that we are at the leading edge when it comes to technology.

The Next Chapter for Public Interest Design

Mar 04, 2015 • From the Editor
By John Czarnecki

Editor in Chief John Czarnecki's editorial from the March 2015 issue.

Designing for Health: Rethinking Workplace in Healthcare

Feb 06, 2015 • Healthcare
By Brenda Smith, Perkins+Will

Healthcare experts at Perkins+Will report on rethinking workplace in healthcare.

Moving Practice Beyond Analog

Jan 30, 2015 • Design Practice
By Evelyn M. Lee, AIA

Contract is pleased to introduce Evelyn M. Lee, AIA, as a regular columnist. Lee is focused on bringing influence and prosperity to architects and designers, ensuring their relevance in an ever-changing economy.

Celebrating Two Champions of Great Design for Even Greater Business

Jan 29, 2015 • From the Editor
By John Czarnecki

Editor in Chief John Czarnecki's editorial from the January/February 2015 issue.